On February 17, 2005, the National Press Foundation awarded its 2004 awards, among the most prestigious in journalism. The award winners’ remarks, as well as a slide show from the dinner, can be found at the bottom of this page.
Martin Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, received the George Beveridge Editor of the Year Award. Tim Russert, managing editor and host of NBC’s Meet the Press, received the Sol Taishoff Award for Broadcasting Excellence. Seymour Hersh, an investigative writer and author with The New Yorker magazine, received the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism.
The Everett McKinley Dirksen Awards for Distinguished Coverage of Congress were given to Julie Rovner of National Public Radio and Paul Kane of Roll Call. John Sherffius, a self-syndicated cartoonist, was named Berryman Cartoonist of the Year.
CNN.com received the foundation’s award for Excellence in Online Journalism; the winner is selected by a distinguished panel at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. The Chairman’s Citation for Overall Excellence in Journalism was given to Albert E. Fitzpatrick, a retired vice president at Knight Ridder and the former editor of the Akron Beacon Journal, cited for his efforts on diversity.
The awards were presented at the Washington Hilton Hotel, during the National Press Foundation’s 22nd Annual Awards Dinner, a black-tie fund-raising event that honors excellence in American journalism. More than 1,000 people attended the fundraiser, which supports full fellowships for NPF’s issue-oriented programs. The dinner was chaired this year by Deborah Howell, Washington bureau chief for Newhouse newspapers and Kathryn Gest, senior vice president of the public affairs firm, Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick.
Established in 1975, the National Press Foundation is one of the nation’s leading independent, non-profit organizations dedicated to the professional development of working journalists. The awards dinner is its largest source of unrestricted revenue.